Austin couple continues son’s legacy with birthday party for Room to Read

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Last June, Anu Saha and his wife Arati Bhattacharya show some of the books in their son Akash's nursery. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Last June, Anu Saha and his wife Arati Bhattacharya show some of the books in their son Akash's nursery. LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Last June, Anu Saha and his wife Arati Bhattacharya show some of the books in their son Akash’s nursery.
LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Last Father’s Day, I wrote about Anu Saha and his wife, Arati Bhattacharya, and their son, Akash, who died during labor. The family set up a donation page to honor their son by building Room to Read libraries in his honor — 10 in the first year, then an additional one each year. The libraries would be in India at first and then in other countries where Room to Read builds libraries.  You can read that story, here.

Ahash would have turned 1 yesterday. In his honor, the couple and the Austin chapter of Room to Read are holding a Bollywood Nights fundraiser on Saturday at the Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St., from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $45, $55 at the door. You can get them at https://www.roomtoread.org/Bollywood2015.

“What he’s made happen — he never breathed a day on Earth — but what he’s done is really inspiring,” Saha told us last year. “His legacy will outlive us.”


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